Straight up from the steaming streets of the Big Apple, a young, ambitious rapper called Crosby just released his digital album "New York Posterboy" online, available through the website http://www.NewYorkPosterboy.com. The budding artist, also known alternatively as Crosmopolitan and Clockwork Cros, was born in Bellevue to a noted multidisciplinary artist couple from the East Village.
From an early age, Crosby became a public figure; he appeared in promo breaks for MTV, fashion photographs by Steven Klein and Tom Munroe and spreads in L'Uomo Vogue, Soma and Pop; posters for the Winter X-Games; music videos by Spike Jonez, Jim Spring, Micheal Gondry and R. Kern and an album cover for Cop Shoot Cop's "Ask Questions Later". He interned at Def Jam, worked at Jeffrey Dietch Projects and for 5 years Crosby produced the multi-artist showcase Hip Hop Howl for the Howl! Festival in the East Village, while also bringing that troupe to the SXSW Festival 3 years running. Currently, Crosby directs music videos for his company Photo-POW and is also the visual artist behind all the cover art and web design for Swizz Beatz' weekly series Monster Mondays.
Crosby has built a vast reservoir of musical material in collaboration with a host of emerging local talent and is now poised to take Gotham by storm with a series of solo album releases, one per month for the next several months, of which "New York Posterboy" is the first. The record is unified by a series of sketches placed within none other than the newsroom of Murdoch's flagship and New York's most popular newpaper, the Post, as a cub reporter that reminds me of my younger self convinces his editor to allow him to break the story of Crosby's splash into the NYC music biz. Using industry beats and a wide range of sampled sounds, Crosby's aural montages express postmodern sensory overload and the funky syncopation of the life of a native New Yorker.
Songs such as "The Wait is Ova", "Born in the City" and "Museum Music" show a hip intensity and cultural savvy in his poetry and delivery. Though this is a Hip Hop mixtape, it reminds this pundit of the highly entertaining, hyperkinetic sound of one of his favorite rock records from back in the day: The Mothers of Invention's "Freak Out." His future releases promise to be even more eclectic and innovative.
Here is Sam Scarfo's official video for "Highest Mountain" featuring Cali rap vet Bad Azz! Sam Scarfo filmed his portion of "Highest Mountain" in California, while former DPGC member Bad Azz filmed his segment in New York City. This is definitely the "smooth" smoker's anthem for 2012!
"Highest Mountain" was produced by Clip Smoke, and appears on Sam Scarfo's new project The Package slated for release on April 3, 2012!
Free Download: Brown Bag AllStars "The Brown Label: Part 1" EP
The Brown Bag AllStars have teamed up with 2DopeBoyz.com to bring you "The Brown Label: Part 1". Featuring production from The Audible Doctor, J57, & DeeJay Element, as well as guest vocals from Akie Bermiss, this EP is just a small sample of things to come. Shout out to Shake of 2DopeBoyz for the artwork (with illustrations from No. 5). Check it out below!
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With music embedded in his bloodline, at a young age Devin Hailey knew exactly where his talent would take him. Born in Nyack, New York, the pressures of getting into the entertainment business surrounded him. Stemming from a loving family with a hard working mother and multi platinum selling father, Hailey was destined for success. With his father on the road, Hailey's mother took on the responsibility of both parents. Though she was an amazing parent, things weren't always easy. Growing up an only child, Hailey, known then solely as Devin, was forced to occupy and humor himself, thus his creativity was displayed.
Drank and Dank’s upcoming compilation, Dripped Up, drops on February 15th and is set to feature music by Freddie Gibbs, Slim Thug, B. James, Waka Flocka, Nappy Roots, Aleon Craft, Phil Ade, Tree and many more.
West Coast veteran Planet Asia and promising newcomer Fashawn are probably the two best-known MCs to emerge from Fresno, California. On Planet Asia's new album Black Belt Theatre, the two unite with Michigan up-and-comer Willie The Kid for the posse cut "Fuck Rappers." The blaxploitation-inspired Black Belt Theatre hits stores everywhere on February 28th through Wandering Worx / Daddy Real / Greeenstreets, with appearances from the likes of Raekwon, Talib Kweli, Paul Wall, Ras Kass, Camp Lo, Strong Arm Steady, Fashawn, Willie The Kid, Torae, Rasco, and more. Now available for pre-order: http://bit.ly/planetasia (also at UGHH and Amazon). Check out Asia and Fash rocking their hometown crowd in the exclusive video below.
MP3: SL Jones - "Wave Runner" (Prod. By DJ Burn One)
Courtesy Audible Treats.
In the coming weeks, SL Jones and DJ Burn One will release their new collaborative EP, Paraphernalia, and while the rapper and producer continue to put the finishing touches on that project, they're excited to release a new song today, a teaser for fans, "Wave Runner."
While "Wave Runner" won't officially be included on Paraphernalia, it's the first song that SL and Burn One ever recorded together, and a great example of the quick chemistry the pair was able to build together. "I met Burn One at the studio and we just started vibing," recalls SL. "After bouncing a couple ideas off each other, we just went in and knocked it out."
That free wheeling, laid back approach comes across well on "Wave Runner," with Burn One's cooled out, airy instrumentation serving as the perfect backdrop for SL's smoothed out delivery and bouncy flow. "It was the beat, really, it just gave me that feeling," explains SL. "It's just one of those songs that sounds good when you let it play."